UConn's Maya Moore wins Wade Trophy, AP award

UConn's Maya Moore, center, is named the first-ever three-time winner of the Wade Trophy as the top player in women's college basketball in a press conference Saturday at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis. WBCA CEO Beth Bass, left, hands Moore the award.
UConn's Maya Moore, center, is named the first-ever three-time winner of the Wade Trophy as the top player in women's college basketball in a press conference Saturday at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis. WBCA CEO Beth Bass, left, hands Moore the award.

Indianapolis — Maya Moore got her own poster Saturday morning.

Moore, UConn's senior four-time All-American, won her unprecedented third Wade Trophy as the national player of the year and was presented with not only the award but with a commemorative poster to honor the achievement.

Beth Bass, CEO of the Women's Basketball Coaches' Association, said an advertisement is being placed in Tuesday's USA Today, as well, to congratulate Moore on becoming the first three-time Wade recipient.

"I'm so appreciative," Moore said in accepting the award, thanking her family, teammates and coaches. "The first thing I saw when I came in was my team. They celebrate what I do more than I do."

Moore also was named The Associated Press player of the year for the second time in three seasons, averaging 22.5 points per game this year.

The four-time All-American is the third player to win the award twice, joining Seimone Augustus of LSU and Chamique Holdsclaw of Tennessee. Moore won as a sophomore and finished second in the voting her freshman and junior years.

Moore got 37 of the votes from the 39-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. Baylor's Brittney Griner received the other two votes.

UConn (36-1) meets Notre Dame in the national semifinals at approximately 9:30 tonight at Conseco Fieldhouse, with the Huskies attempting to win their third straight national championship.

Moore, who has 3,000 career points, also was named to the State Farm All-America Team Saturday, joining Danielle Adams of Texas Tech, Skylar Diggins of Notre Dame, Brittney Griner of Baylor, Amber Harris of Xavier, Shenise Johnson of Miami, Jantel Lavender of Ohio State, Nnemkadi Ogwumike of Stanford, Shekinna Stricklen of Tennessee and Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga.

- Day staff and wire reports

Connecticut's Maya Moore, right, is presented the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's Wade Trophy for national player of the year by Beth Bass, CEO of the WBCA, during events before the NCAA Women's Final Four college basketball games in Indianapolis, Saturday, April 2, 2011.
Connecticut's Maya Moore, right, is presented the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's Wade Trophy for national player of the year by Beth Bass, CEO of the WBCA, during events before the NCAA Women's Final Four college basketball games in Indianapolis, Saturday, April 2, 2011.

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